Immersion Programme for Principals and Ministry officials from Bhutan

An initiative of Universal Learn Today a delegation of Central School Principals of Bhutan, visited Mayo College and Mayo College Girls’ School  from the 27th October  2015 to 2nd  September 2015. Ms. Kamini Narasimhan   and   Ms. Shivani  escorted  them from Universal Learn Today. Mr. Sanjay Khati from Mayo College and Mrs. Amanpreet K  Broca from Mayo Girls’  were the coordinators for the Programme.

Objectives of the visit

To develop an understanding on:

  • Leadership and management of a residential school
  1. What makes the school unique; its vision, mission, and values; and how these are translated into the day-to-day activities at the school
  2. Various challenges in managing a residential school
  3. Roles and responsibilities of a Principal of a residential school (including decision-making processes, such as, financial decision-making)

As the Central Schools will be characterised by a system that offers greater autonomy to the Principal (as compared to the current system in Bhutan that is regulated by the Government to a great extent), the delegation would also be interested in learning about a Principal’s areas of autonomy in the governance and strategic planning of a residential school.

  • Student learning programme
  1. The academic programme and other learning activities (sports, performing arts, visual arts) of a residential school; and how these differ from that of a day school
  2. Programme for leadership of students (including independent decision-making by students), life-skills, health education, values, and religious education
  3. Systems for planning and scheduling of the aforementioned activities
  4. Assessment of students
  5. Support for differentiated academic needs of students (inclusion for special-needs students, remedial systems, etc.)
  6. ICT for education
  • Beyond academics
  1. Pastoral care: Caring for the social and emotional needs of every student at the individual level; systems for discipline, managing behavioural issues, substance abuse, sexual needs, and ensuring emotional and physical safety of every student; counselling
  2. Social life: Activities that take place within the residences, including recreation and social interactions among boys and girls
  3. Daily needs: Personal spaces and personal belongings, sleeping arrangements, clothes, laundry, shopping for basic needs and snacks
  4. Community interactions: Visitors and field visits
  5. Rules and regulations: Both within, and outside, the campus
  6. Meals: Organisation and management
  7. Healthcare: Caring for students, who are ill; health checks
  8. Activities during weekends and holidays.
  • Parents
  1. Students’ interactions and communications with their parents and other family members
  2. School’s (school leaders, teachers, administration) interactions and communications with the students’ parents and other family members.
  • Teachers
  1. Overview on, and load of, teaching and non-teaching tasks (administrative, pastoral care, etc.)
  2. House (or Residence) Master/Mistress/Warden/Parent systems for the teaching staff
  3. Leadership systems and structure
  4. Appraisal systems; how quality and capacity building of teachers are ensured
  5. Teachers’ personal life
  6. Residential life (on- and off-campus)
  7. On-campus dos and don’ts for teachers
  8. Leave and off-time
  9. Perquisites offered to teachers; systems for teacher retention.
  • Others
  1. Overview of school campus infrastructure and resources: Academic, administrative, and residential (students and staff), dining areas, sports and recreation, spaces for guests, accessibility
  2. Administration: Front office, visitors, admissions, support staff (on the rolls and outsourced), fees
  3. Estate management, maintenance, electricity and water, connectivity (staff and students), laundry, dining, safety and security
  4. Any other unique system and/or activity the school would like to showcase.

 The delegation that visited Girls School comprised of

 

Principals visiting MCGS, Ajmer

Name of the Person     

Designation

Place

Mr.Sangay Drukpa

Principal

Tendruk HSS, Samtse

Ms.Sonam Chhoden             

Principal

Chundu CS, Haa

Mr.Pema Chogyel

Principal

Dorokha CS, Samtse

Mr.Karma Sangay

Principal

Bjishong CS, Gasa

Mr.Tshering Drukpa     

Principal

JigmeNamgyal LSS,Thimthrom

 

 Principals visiting MAYO College, Ajmer

Mr.Yesh Bahadur Ghalley

Principal

Punakha HSS, Punakha

Mr.Sonam Rinchen

Principal

Chaskhar CS, Mongar

Mr.Sonam Drukpa

Principal

Wangbama CS, Thimphu

Mr.Karma Chhogyel

Principal

Karmaling HSS, S. Jongkhar

 

Testimonial

This School provides a unique opportunity for all round education. It has the security of the rich Mayo tradition and an ethos conducive to developing each child's potential to the fulles